Shooting Times & Country 30-Dec-2020

Since its launch in 1882, Shooting Times & Country Magazine has been at the forefront of the shooting scene. The magazine is the clear first choice for shooting sportsmen, with editorial covering all disciplines, including gameshooting, rough shooting, pigeon shooting, wildfowling and deer stalking. Additionally the magazine has a strong focus on the training and use of gundogs in the field and, because it is a weekly publication, the magazine keeps readers firmly up-to-date with the latest news in their world.

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52 Números

en este número

1 min.
at the vanguard

A fortnight ago, while outlining his plan for a green revolution, Boris Johnson sought to assure people that his party are not ‘eco-freaks’. I suppose he was hoping to recruit the support of those who are sceptical about environmentalism. Predictably, the response was mixed, with many people on social media posting photos of themselves captioned “this is what an eco-freak looks like”. They were generally a perfectly pleasant-looking mix of birdwatchers and hikers. But I couldn’t help but wonder how many of them have actually contributed in a hands-on way to conservation in our countryside. I didn’t see any keepers, shoot owners or gillies posting pictures of themselves captioned similarly, but in reality they are often at the vanguard of species and habitat preservation. It might run counter to narratives about the destruction…

2 min.
law suits divert vital funds from environmental needs

Wild Justice’s repeated failed legal challenges have drawn vital funds away from environmental protection, according to an official report. The annual report and accounts of Natural England, whose responsibility it is to “help to protect and restore our natural world”, makes clear the damage that environmental protection has suffered as a consequence of the slew of lawsuits launched by the campaign group. While the report does not name Wild Justice, informed observers — including Garry Doolan, deputy director of communications and public affairs at BASC — have no doubt that it was referring to the group. The report referred to court cases “financed by crowdfunding and social media campaigns”. “The amount the agency gave in grants had fallen by £31 million” It said: “For example, in April 2019 Natural England revoked three general licences…

1 min.
second award for deer film

A film on deer management in the Scottish Highlands has won its second prestigious award. The Cull,which explores the tensions between traditional deer management and rewilding in Scotland, has now won ‘Best Film’ in the mountain environment and natural history category at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and ‘Best Environmental Film’ at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival. The film is the directorial debut of filmmaker Ted Simpson. Mr Simpson told Shooting Times: “Speaking to professional deerstalkers was an important part of our approach when making The Cull— the film is designed to allow many different sides of the debate surrounding deer and land management to speak and be heard. “When filming we were struck by the high level of knowledge and care the stalkers we spoke to had of their craft and…

1 min.
five arrested for poaching

Night poaching laws from the 19th century have been used to arrest a group of men who were caught by a police patrol on Salisbury Plain. The officers observed a blue Jeep Cherokee, the occupants of which failed to stop, turned the vehicle’s lights off and drove off across country. Ultimately, the Jeep was stopped on the A338 with the use of a stinger, which deflated its tires. Five men from the Dorset area were arrested on suspicion of failing to stop for police and night poaching. The vehicle, four lurcher-type dogs and a set of night-vision equipment were all seized. Night poaching is an offence under the Night Poaching Act 1828. Ed Coles, a gamekeeper and Shooting Times contributor, whose petition for harsher sentences for poachers has now attracted nearly 7,000 signatures,…

1 min.
to do this week

BEWARE Keep festive treats away from dogs. It may be tempting to indulge a hard-working gundog or doughty terrier over the Christmas period, but it is probably a bad idea. Fatty foods are linked to pancreatitis in dogs and chocolate, alcohol and raisins are all poisonous to canines. Though a slice of turkey is unlikely to do any harm. TALK Phone a shooting friend. The social life of the shooting season can be a huge boost to people, particularly if they are older or live somewhere remote. With much less shooting this season and COVID-19 restrictions in place, many have missed out. If you know someone who might be feeling lonely this season, give them a call.…

2 min.
‘another nail in coffin for rural community’

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Cymru (GWCT) has pushed back against anti-shooting pressure in Wales with a new report outlining exactly what game shooting delivers for the country. Community Spirit, a new report from the conservation charity, used surveys with nearly 600 Welsh shooters to identify the benefits that shooting brings to the Principality. The report highlights that “shooting is playing a crucial role in people’s health and wellbeing”. The authors found strong evidence that “shooting brings together all ages and backgrounds with a shared passion for the outdoors in the bleakest months of the year” and that “the passion felt towards the tradition/heritage, and the cultural/social benefits gained from rural pursuits goes largely unrecognised and underappreciated”. The report also outlined the potential harm if shooting was banned: “A whole community…